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Reptile consignment intercepted in South Africa

A large shipment of reptiles smuggled from Madagascar and destined for the exotic pet trade in the United States were confiscated in South Africa, said animal protection activists.…
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Amanda Knox’s murder conviction upheld

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of……
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Economic turmoil hits Argentina

Inflation is at about 30 percent and there's been a 15 percent drop in the peso's value against the U.S. dollar over a few days.…
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Bieber surrenders on assault charge

Justin Bieber turned himself in to Toronto police on an assault charge Wednesday, the second arrest in a week for the baby-faced 19-year-old pop star.…
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Dozens of rebels killed in offensive

Philippine troops have killed at least 40 Islamic fighters and captured a rebel stronghold with a bomb-making facility in a three-day offensive against insurgents.…
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Monarch butterflies drop, migration may

The number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico plunged this year to its lowest level since studies began in 1993, leading experts to announce Wednesday that the insects' annual migration from the United States and Canada is in danger of disappearing.…
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LatAm leaders declare region a ‘zone of peace’

Leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean signed a resolution declaring the region a "zone of peace" on Wednesday, pledging to resolve their disputes as respectful neighbors without the use of arms.…
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UN envoy: 1st phase of Syria talks to end Friday

U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says the first phase of the Syria peace talks in Geneva will end on Friday, as scheduled, and that the gap between the government and the opposition remains "quite large." …
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Palestinians say a gradual Israeli withdrawal OK

The Palestinian president says he would accept a limited Israeli presence in the West Bank after a future peace deal, hinting at a possible compromise in one of the thorniest issues of U.S.-mediated talks.…
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Death toll rises in Quebec fire

The official death toll from a fire that roared through a Quebec seniors' residence last week climbed to 14 on Monday. …
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Australian boy likely killed by crocodile

DARWIN, Australia (AP) – Rangers searching for a 12-year-old boy snatched by a crocodile in northern Australia have recovered evidence strongly suggesting t……
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Bird flu cases rise in China

Authorities in eastern China said Tuesday they will ban live poultry sales after an increase in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu. …
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Israel criticizes Palestinian stance on settlers

The Palestinians' "extreme and reckless" rejection of an Israeli suggestion that some Jewish settlers remain in a future Palestinian state proves that they don't want peace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Monday.…
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Greece declares emergency on quake-hit islands

Greece's government announced emergency relief for the residents of the Ionian islands of Kefalonia and Ithaki on Monday, a day after they were hit by a strong earthquake that caused damage and slightly injured seven people. …